Back to School - Keep it Simple

I don't know about you, but I really don't want this summer to end....more

Road Trips: Putting Parenting into a New Perspective

I remember family vacations in our old brown Chevrolet station wagon -- the kind with bench seats, no air conditioning, and a huge ‘way back’ that was big enough for camping equipment, luggage, ice chests, fishing poles, and our Golden Retriever. As the oldest of four and desperately prone to motion sickness, I would jump at the chance to sit in the front, squeezed between my parents, directly in front of our AM radio. I always assumed that as the six of us piled in, we were all equally ready for adventure....more

Cocktail Play Dates: Do Wine And Kids Mix?

A big story on Tuesday's ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) highlighted a growing trend: moms who drink wine at play dates. These events are known as cocktail playdates. In the GMA segment, a group of about ten Florida moms are happily drinking wine during a play date as their kids drink bottles and play. These moms meet once a month to enjoy time together with wine and kids. They say they don’t drive after the play date....more
Maybe I'm old fashioned. But, even when I take my child to a family function where alcohol is ...more

10 Reasons Why I'm (Now) Okay With Being a Stay-at-Home-Mom

Before I start, let me point out that I am okay, not “Thrilled” or “Delighted”.1. No more dissention between myself and the alarm clock. I am the person for whom alarm clocks were invented. I would say, out of defiance, I refuse to get up when the alarm goes off. I actually take pleasure in mashing the button when it goes off. There was a little game I used to play, basically a cross between Name That Tune and Beat The Clock, i.e. I can get to work on time if I hit the snooze button x times. I lost. Every time. No good at that game....more
And no leg shaving!! (Ok, less leg shaving!)more

Ahhh, California

Darling husband and I, along with our best friends took a vacation in California a couple weeks back.   It was a very welcome opportunity to slow down and recuperate after having so many hectic weekends this summer....more

Things I Never Thought I Would Say to My Kids...

 While I have never asked my children to go play in traffic, I have come pretty close.   I remember when I was younger, I always thought I would be just like Donna Reed as a parent....more


So here in the glorious old south-land, when it gets this hot, our thoughts naturally turn to college football. To people from other parts of the country this probably seems nuts, as in truth football is considered a fall sport. But here in the Lowcountry summer/fall lasts pretty much until December so they'll just have to deal. ...more

Moms Work “Twenty-Four-Seven” and Never Retire

My Mom was “old-school”; she was a stay-home mom that worked “full-time” at home. She was up at the crack of dawn and already had our school lunches made and bagged and breakfast ready by the time we got to the kitchen. And when we got home from school, mom was diligently working on dinner, already having done the laundry, the dusting and vacuuming, and any other many little things that needed to get done. She was Supermom: a hero in the flesh, a non-fictional character—unwavering and ever faithful. And she was on-call twenty-four-seven....more

You are so right. They will always be our little darlings. And though I am now a grandmother of ...more

Summer Vacation Packing with Kids

Preparing for a week long vacation with a pre-schooler and a toddler is anything but simple....more

Just what do you *DO* all day?

I read this great q/a post by Carolyn Hax in the Washington Post today and almost got whiplash from nodding so vehemently. Even the most sensitive husband (again I remind you that I write from the point of view of the sometimes stay-at-home wife/mom, who also works sometimes, writes, volunteers, and does a thousand other things....more